Vibration in dwellings from road and rail traffic: Part III: towards a common methodology for socio-vibrational surveys

R. Klaeboe (Corresponding Author), E. Öhrström, I. H. Turunen-Rise, H. Bendtsen, Hannu Nykänen

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While a range of international standards defining noise, vibration and other physical environmental measures have been established, common methodologies for measuring people's reactions to these same environmental effects are still in their infancy. This reduces the comparability of prevalence statistics and exposure–effect relationships developed by different researchers. The public authorities are served incompatible or seemingly conflicting information from different surveys when deciding on appropriate guidelines and limits. Drawing on experiences with the 1998 Norwegian Socio-vibrational Survey and a Swedish socio-acoustic survey supplemented with vibration measures, a new Nordtest Method: NT ACOU 106 Acoustics—Assessment of annoyance by vibrations in dwellings from road and rail traffic has been defined. The method describes sampling requirements, and proposes a mandatory verbal 5-point categorical annoyance scale and an optional 11-point numerical annoyance scale, both with lower anchoring point “Do not notice”. A survey data output format is specified to allow researchers to pool data from different surveys.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-120
JournalApplied Acoustics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed



  • traffic-induced vibration
  • annoyance questions
  • nordic method
  • survey standard

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